Word of the Day – Dishevelled

By October 23, 2019 Word of the Day

Dishevelled (adj)

di-shev-eld

(of a person’s hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy; disordered.

Late Middle English from obsolete dishevely, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler (based on chevel ‘hair’, from Latin capillus). The original sense was ‘having the hair uncovered’; later, referring to the hair itself, ‘hanging loose’, hence ‘disordered, untidy’. Compare with unkempt.

Example sentences

“I mostly remember his long dishevelled hair.”

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